The objective of degree program monitoring is to provision the data basis required for the further development of programs of study. To do this, statistics and indicators from university statistics are evaluated, and qualitative interviews and quantitative surveys of students and graduates are conducted. Monitoring focuses on the assessment of the organization of teaching and testing, the ability to study, content coherence and organizational coordination of the courses offered overall, advice and support to students, as well as realizing potential, efficiently utilizing capacity, graduates, the duration of studies, dropouts, and graduate relations.
The Division of Planning, Statistics, Research and Organization and the Center for Quality Development in Teaching and Studies (ZfQ) evaluate and prepare data during the ongoing operation of programs of study. The Advisor for Teaching and Studies uses this data to prepare and interpret an annual statement for the Faculty of Arts and its courses of study. This statement is called the Statistical Report, and it is an internal faculty publication that appears each year. The Statistical Report examines the development of case studies, the full occupancy of university study places and teaching units, graduates (number, average grades, and average duration of study), as well as graduation and dropout rates in relation to each year of admission.
The heads of the Study Commissions meet once a year with the students in their courses of study and ask them questions about the attainment of the goals of the Faculty and of the courses of study. Students are also asked about current problems as well. The head of the Study Commission provides the minutes of this survey to the members of the Study Commission for the purpose of further developing the program of study.
The annual student surveys for the Faculty and its courses of study, as well as the Center for Quality Assurance’s graduate surveys, are evaluated in a panel project . The central question in this evaluation is whether the courses of study are feasible. Reports were prepared previously for the panel survey in 2012 and a graduate survey in 2010. This year, the project will take a closer look at the results for the panel survey and the graduate survey for 2014. Furthermore, the Center for Quality Development prepared a series of panel evaluations for individual courses of study.
The reports on individual course evaluations are no longer published because the Study Commissions found that they had very little relevance for the further development of courses of study. For more information, see the last analysis of the course evaluations of 2013.